PHANTOMS are the main minions and villains of the video game Spider-Man: Friend or Foe. The name is an acronym for Perpetual Holographic Avatar Nano-Tech Offensive Monsters.
The PHANTOMS were created by Mysterio, who used shards of alien symbiote matter and combined them with holographic and robotic technology to make an army to conquer the world. His efforts were opposed by Spider-Man, SHIELD, and several other heroes such as Iron Fist and Blade.
The PHANTOMS were gradually upgraded from a more robotic design to a more symbiote-like creature resembling Venom. They come in four forms: small, hovering drones, medium-sized fighters, large bruisers, and extra-large bosses.
Mysterio also used the technology to mind-control several supervillains, includng Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Scorpion, Rhino, Sandman, and Venom. All of these villains were freed by Spider-Man and teamed up with him to fight the PHANTOMS.